Still Waters

Hi there, David here.

Blue Lake (Rotomairewhenua in Māori) is a small lake in Nelson Lakes National Park, in the northern reaches of New Zealand’s Southern Alps. Sacred to local Māori, it has the clearest natural fresh water in the world. Blue Lake is drained by the west branch of the Sabine River, which is part of the Buller River system. Blue Lake is roughly boomerang shaped, running north then northwest, with each arm of the lake stretching some 200 metres (700 ft). Its waters are cold, ranging from 5 to 8 °C (41 to 46 °F).

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The lake has extremely still and clear water, and is the clearest natural body of fresh water in the world yet reported. A 2011 study found its visibility ranged from 70 to 80 metres (230 to 260 ft), clearer than the 63 metres (207 ft) measured for Te Waikoropupu Springs, a previous record holder. Scientists attribute the lake water’s clarity to its passage underground from Lake Constance, which filters out nearly all the particles suspended in the water. Its clarity reveals water’s natural blue-violet colour.

This lake reminds me of stillness and it’s an easy place to be still and know God. It is a place where my soul feels still and deep. A place of great reflection. Spending time on the stillness, clarity and depth of God is a great place to be and worth the time. Of course there are many distractions and it’s easy to be too busy and have no time to be still.

Some questions for you:

1. What are you too busy with?
2. Where can you build in stillness into your day?
3. What might you hear or experience?
4. What do you need to restored or renewed from in the stillness?

May you this week my brothers and sisters, spend some time in the stillness of God, if only for ten minutes. May this time renew and refresh you. May these still waters run deep within your soul.

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